To attentive conservatives it remains an endlessly humorous truism that progressives undergo constant revolutions in opinion, almost at fixed intervals. It’s especially funny when not everyone gets the memo. At least it would be, were the reversals not so savage.
Democrats and their media allies are virtually unanimous in their opinion that Russia tampered with the 2016 election. In the carefully-crafted narrative, Hillary Rodham Clinton would have been elected POTUS 45 – had it not been for those meddling Russians and their little friend, Donald Trump. A combination of Russian hacking and Trump campaign collusion laid low poor Mrs. Clinton - simultaneously a sweet, bumbling grandmother and Amazonian warrior-princess. Thus, the Republicans stole the election; and the natural solution is to impeach President Trump... for something. (Democrats haven’t quite figured out the charge, but we can be sure it’s in the works.)
Anyone familiar with left-wing politics won’t be terribly shocked by such blatant lies. Democrats today position themselves as the staunch defenders of freedom and the American way, but this is nothing but political expediency. After all, it was Barack Hussein Obama who mocked Mitt Romney in the 2012 election over the Russian threat, saying “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” It was Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who offered a diplomatic “reset” with Russia in 2009.
But progressives are terminally forgetful creatures, and it is the duty of conservatives to point out their hypocrisy. It so happens that Russia has tampered with American elections before – to help Democrats.
Actual Russian involvement in American elections has a long and unsurprisingly sordid past. Since 1919, in fact, the Kremlin has funded and supported the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), a front group for Soviet influence in American politics. CPUSA’s vice-presidential candidate in 1984 was Angela Davis, a radical black nationalist who authored a New York Times ad warning that under Ronald Reagan “we may well be on the way to war – and even a nuclear holocaust.” Davis later praised the Democratic vice-presidential nominee for moving the party “in a more progressive direction,” and CPUSA endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
The Kremlin has attempted to play kingmaker with Democratic party politics at least twice, each time seeking to promote candidates favorable to Russian communism. In 1968, the Soviet ambassador approached Hubert Humphrey to offer his presidential campaign covert funding. To his credit, Humphrey declined the offer. But in the 1976 election Soviet spies sent fake FBI letters to major American newspapers that claimed that Henry “Scoop” Jackson – a Democratic Senator known for his anti-communist views – was secretly homosexual. The campaign faltered, and Jackson dropped out of the primary.
It gets worse. Classified documents unearthed in the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR revealed some 350 Soviet agents operating in the United States since the 1930s. What progressives in the 20th century derided as a Republican witch-hunt and McCarthyism (named for Senator Joseph McCarthy, an avowed communist hunter) turned out to be largely true. The Rosenbergs, supposed victims of conservative intolerance, were actual spies on the Soviet payroll. Alger Hiss, a wartime aide to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the architect of the New Deal legislation, was confirmed to have spied for the Soviet Union for decades.
But it wasn’t only Russians seeking out sympathetic ears on the American Left. Among the classified documents was a May 1984 letter from Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), the liberal lion, to Yuri Andropov, the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party. Kennedy’s proposal was simple: the Democratic Party wanted Ronald Reagan out of the White House, and they wanted the Soviets to help.
Kennedy wanted Andropov to record a “direct appeal” to the American people explaining the need for nuclear disarmament and a more sensible president, like Democratic nominee Walter Mondale. In his own words, Kennedy would then “bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA” give it air time. In exchange, the Democrats would help foster warmer relations with the Soviet Union – once that pesky Reagan was out of office.
Democrats in 2017 are quick to cry “collusion” over the fictional “Russia-gate.” The facts are clear, though: all Democratic investigations into Trump-Russia ties have yielded is evidence that the Democratic National Committee worked to suppress Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton broke the law with a private email server. If any group has colluded with Russia, it isn’t the Republican Party.
Isn’t it frustrating when you’re caught in your own lie?
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